On 29 June, Lizzie Wilberforce from WTSWW joined members of the Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) steering group at the Senedd in Cardiff to hand in an Open Letter to the First Minister Carwyn Jones AM (represented by his Principal Private Secretary Desmond Clifford).
The Open Letter calls on the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG)to postpone the extermination of badgers pending a review of the latest scientific evidence including availability of vaccine, to take account of the cull’s impact on community cohesion, the local economy, and Wales’ image as a progressive nation, and to recognise the right of conscientious objection and allow those objecting to culling badgers to opt their land out of the cull.
The letter has been signed by 309 landowners representing 180 holdings (including the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales) in and close to the ‘Intensive Action Pilot Area’ (IAPA) selected by the Welsh Assembly Government for extermination of badgers. This is a significant proportion of holdings within the IAPA and shows that the WAG claims that a small minority of residents object are ill-founded. Photo: Ian Doucet
Cardiff lectures, 14 April 2010
On the evening of Wednesday 14 April, we hosted a series of lectures in the Julian Hodge lecture theatre in Cardiff University. Speakers included Iolo Williams, Sarah Kessell, chief executive of WTSWW, Dan Forman from Swansea University, Lorraine Barrett AM and Mike Snow from Pembrokeshire Against the Cull.
Great Escape, 10 April 2010
At 2pm on Saturday 10 April, 50 protesters, members and supporters of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Pembrokeshire Against the Cull came together to stage a "Great Escape" event. This involved walking from the Welsh Wildlife Centre at the Teifi Marshes, through the nature reserve and crossing the bypass bridge over the Afon Teifi into Cardigan.
The point behind the 'escape' was to demonstrate how even the 'secure' boundaries to the Intensive Action Pilot Area (such as the Teifi) set by the Welsh Assembly Government are not really secure- with many opportunities for badgers to cross. This movement of badgers in response to disturbance caused by culling is known as 'perturbation' and one of the key reasons why culling won't be effective in the fight against TB.
We also gathered to show the Welsh Assembly Government that there is lots of opposition to their plans. Below is a selection of photographs from the day.
Save The Badger Rally, outside the Senedd on 08 March 2010
WTSWW attended the large 200-strong rally outside the Senedd on 08 March along with many other groups opposing the cull, such as Pembrokeshire Against the Cull and Viva. Members of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Gwent Wildlife Trust were amongst the crowd. Many thanks to all who attended.
Protesters outside the Senedd
Gwent Wildlife Trust members and trustees at the Senedd
Public meeting, " Saying No to the Badger Cull", November 2009
In November 2009 we held our first public meeting in opposition to the cull and 200 people turned up to the event in the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran. Speakers included Dr Dan Forman from Swansea University on the scientific evidence, and Sarah Kessell, chief executive of WTSWW, on the Wildlife Trust's position.
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